Tuesday, 9 July 2013

The Oily Skin Prescription

The biggest beauty faux pas has to be oily skin gals being too afraid to use oil on their skin. It's a fact; oil dissolves oil. It doesn't clog pores, cause breakouts, or make the skin greasy. If you have oily skin, you need a facial oil! When you use harsh products that strip the skin of it's natural oils it forces the skin to overproduce more oil in order to repair itself, leaving you with a never ending, vicious cycle of oilyness. Clarins Lotus oil is fabulous for keeping oil at bay and getting rid of breakouts and impurities. Also Trilogy Rosehip oil is great for getting rid of blackheads and minimising pores and scarring.

Throw away your foaming cleansers and wipes, cleansing balms and oils are your friend. These will break down oil and impurities in your ski without stripping the skins natural oil and will leave your skin clean, hydrated and and ready for moisture. The key with using these products is to remove it properly so you aren't left with a greasy residue. Use a warm flannel to remove thoroughly. Try the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm or Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm.

Acids are also key. Bacteria loves an alkaline surface to grow on, so by keeping your skin acidic you are helping to prevent breakouts from appearing and spreading. Instead of using manual exfoliants (you know those horrible granular ones that hurt your skin), use exfoliating toners or serums that contain AHA's. REN Clarifying toner contains glycolic acid and is gentle enough to use everyday after cleansing.

Lastly don't be afraid of moisturiser, look for a light gel type texture that won't be too heavy for your skin. The biggest thing I see with oily skin is dehydration. Dehydration is incredibly ageing and dulling on the skin so a hydrating moisturiser is so important. Look for something containing hyaluronic acid to hydrate and increase cell turnover.


  1. Hi Ashleigh, do you have any hydrating moisturiser recommendations for oily skin types? x

    1. Moisturisers for an "oily skin" can be a tad drying. You are better of looking for a hydrating moisturiser with a lighter texture. SkinCeuticals daily moisture is great, so is Elemis maximum moisture day cream :)